Sec. Clinton, Kerry, Lugar hold press conference in near-darkness

A Wednesday morning press conference in the Senate featuring Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Foreign Relations Committee (FRC) Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.) and ranking FRC member Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) started out smoothly, but ended anything but.

Appearing before a battery of media 25 minutes late, Clinton began with a cheerful “Hello,” adding that “it’s nice to be back in familiar surroundings” — a reference to her Senate tenure from 2001 to 2009.

Just a few minutes later, however, a power surge knocked out an entire wall of TV cameras trained on Clinton, Kerry and Lugar, sending them into near-darkness. The cameras also lost microphone capabilities, forcing crew members to crawl in front of the podium and place new mics on the podium as Clinton spoke.

One or two camera lights recovered shortly, but cameramen were doubtful that much could be salvaged for broadcasting, later blaming the surge on overloaded power-strips.